Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered a little of everything, including politics, beer, pop culture, tech, design, sports, video games, and history. Among his many other duties things, he writes the monthly backpage column, The Shakedown.

Born and raised in Germany as a Burmese-American—confusing, we know!—Marty arrived in Portland in 2005 after a stop in Los Angeles. He completed an MA in History at Portland State, where he got way into Derrida. When he’s not writing or editing, you can find him producing weird electronic music, cooking, or standing in the Timbers Army. 

What’s Next?

We Asked 5 Portland Tech Insiders about the Future of the Industry

Portland’s tech scene is steadily growing and morphing, ushering in economic, cultural, and physical change to our city as it does.

02/25/2020 By Fiona McCann and Marty Patail

Savor

Two Portland Cooks Give Burmese Food a Fresh Voice

Pop-up Rangoon Bistro doesn't play by the rules.

02/25/2020 By Marty Patail

Saucy Boy

Portland Is a Drinking Town Through and Through

The evolution of boozing in a city otherwise known as Beervana.

02/25/2020 By Marty Patail

THE SHAKEDOWN

What’s the Deal with the Portland Timbers?

The upsides and downsides of the city’s men’s soccer team, whose 10th MLS season begins on March 1.

02/25/2020 By Marty Patail and Margaret Seiler

Architecture

The Tree Farm Is a Wild New Office Building

The inner eastside construction is bright blue and has 56 strawberry trees hanging from all four sides.

01/21/2020 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

What's the Deal with Chocolate, Anyway?

Sizing up the sweet treats we crave.

01/21/2020 By Marty Patail

Golden State of Mind

Portland, It's Time to Stop Hating on California

The anti-California sentiment runs deep here, and not always in a joking way.

01/21/2020 By Marty Patail

Food News

Kyay Oh, a New Noodle Soup Shop from Top Burmese, Will Open on January 23

The namesake dish will take center stage on NW 21st Ave.

01/13/2020 By Marty Patail

Weather

Is Snowpocalypse Coming Next Week? YouTube Weatherman Frankie MacDonald Thinks So

The Canadian forecaster says we can expect 6 to 12 inches in Portland and the surrounding areas on Thursday, January 16.

01/10/2020 By Marty Patail

Cover Story

The Best Places to Work 2020

Mind-melting offices, galaxy-brain work perks, and forward-thinking companies changing Portland’s work culture.

12/31/2019 Edited by Marty Patail

Best Places to Work

In the Age of the Internet, Why Do We Still Need Offices?

Most of us have the same access at home as we do at the office. The coffee is better at home, too.

12/31/2019 By Marty Patail

Cover Story

The Best Places to Work 2020

Mind-melting offices, galaxy-brain work perks, and forward-thinking companies changing Portland’s work culture.

12/31/2019 Edited by Marty Patail

Best Places to Work

Squarespace’s Downtown Office Puts an Emphasis on Togetherness—and Food

Meals are a big deal here.

12/31/2019 By Marty Patail

Best Places to Work

Swift’s Northwest Portland HQ is Packed to the Brim with Delights

At this point, the yoga sessions, roving bar cart, and rosé and Ecliptic hazy on tap just seem like overkill.

12/31/2019 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 2020

We size up the coming storm.

12/31/2019 By Marty Patail and Margaret Seiler

A Ticket to Ride

For Xmas, the City of Portland Is Gifting Us with More Time for E-Scooters. Yay?

The Portland Bureau of Transportation announces the e-scooters will be with us throughout 2020.

12/20/2019 By Julia Silverman

The Shakedown

What's the Deal with Star Wars?

Weesa sizin’ up the sci fi franchise that drops a new movie on December 20.

11/26/2019 By Marty Patail

Hotel Design

Portland Hasn't Seen A Boutique Hotel Quite Like This Before

Icelandic important KEX Portland is full of 'historical detritus.'

11/26/2019 By Marty Patail

Caring for Our Planet

How a 30-Year-Old Conservation Group Is Thwarting Developers and Protecting Pristine Forest Land

Columbia Land Trust now controls 45,000 acres along the Columbia River—where nothing will ever be built

10/23/2019 By Marty Patail